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Great Burgers in Chestnut Hill or Mount Airy?

Displaced California Foodie Aug 23, 2009 09:25 AM

Hi 'Hounds
I'm looking for a great burger place in Chestnut Hill or Mt Airy. Any suggestions?
Does not have to be a "gourmet" burger......

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  1. Chinon00 RE: Displaced California Foodie Aug 23, 2009 04:59 PM

    I stopped eating the burger at McMenamin's (Germantown & Mt Airy Ave) years ago. It's outdated and not good.

    Top of the Hill Tavern (across the street from the Borders parking lot) has a decent burger.

    Wine Thief (across the alley from McMenamin's on Germantown Ave) has a black angus burger. I haven't had it but I've liked the food that I've had there so far.


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    1. re: Chinon00
      barryg RE: Chinon00 Aug 23, 2009 06:08 PM

      Out of curiosity, can you explain what you mean by an outdated burger?

      1. re: barryg
        Chinon00 RE: barryg Aug 23, 2009 06:43 PM

        Kaiser roll, huge and unimpressive tasting burger patty, served w/ steak fries. That was rockin' the last time Milli Vanilli had a top ten hit.

        1. re: Chinon00
          doxiemom RE: Chinon00 Aug 24, 2009 01:39 PM

          I second Wine Thief - I have had it and it's very good - especially for the price tag ($8 - and it's BIG) Chestnut Hill Grill and Solaris Grill both do a pretty decent burger too, but more expensive than Wine Thief.

      2. re: Chinon00
        missclaudy RE: Chinon00 Aug 24, 2009 04:42 PM

        My daughter and father had burgers at Wine Thief the other night and haven't stopped talking about how good they were for a week. It's SO great to have this wonderful jewel of a local bistro here in Mt. Airy now . We can't get enough. What a delight to have a resto who's owners and chef put so much care and thought into the food, use local produce and clean meats AND make you feel so welcome!

        1. re: missclaudy
          hungry100 RE: missclaudy Aug 26, 2009 01:16 PM

          McNally's in Chestnut Hill does a very good cheeseburger -- they melt the cheese on the bun, which makes a huge difference.

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        gardens4me RE: Displaced California Foodie Aug 26, 2009 05:54 PM

        Hands down Tavern on the Hill (aka Hill Tavern). They put real blue cheese on the blue cheese burger and grill it to boot! Now, I you are in the mood for an old fashioned drive-in type of place, Jack Frost on Mt. Carmel and Limekiln is to die for (hand formed and the fries are not frozen but cut up on the spot). They have not been pre-cooked either. So it's them or Tavern on teh Hill.

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          mikerichi RE: Displaced California Foodie Nov 25, 2009 03:26 AM

          I agree with the recommendation of the Tavern on the Top of the Hill with the real blue cheese on the burger, and I like their spicy fries too.

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          1. re: mikerichi
            FriskLamb RE: mikerichi Nov 25, 2009 05:19 PM

            CISCO's on Bethlehem Pike does a great value burger... honest and a great price.

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              mikerichi RE: FriskLamb Nov 27, 2009 02:05 AM

              I've never had the burger at Cisco's but their cheesesteaks are certainly a great value, and I also like their pastrami sandwich.

              We should clarify though that Cisco's is in Flourtown, a short drive from Chestnut Hill/Mt Airy.

          2. Chinon00 RE: Displaced California Foodie Nov 25, 2009 06:45 PM

            I finally had the Angus Burger at Wine Thief in Mt. Airy. It was a solid burger. Although I'm fairly confident that the burger was frozen. Just had that texture ya know? The bun was good and light but could have been grilled or toasted to provide more textural constrast.
            Therefore the reigning champ is Tavern on top of the hill.

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              josiekat RE: Displaced California Foodie Jan 12, 2010 07:44 AM

              The burgers at Yo Dogs in Wyndmoor are the best in the area. Wine Thief has a good burger too.

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